What keeps Leni, Bongbong neck and neck?


What makes the vice-presidential race tight between leading candidates Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo and Senator Bongbong Marcos?

Political analyst Earl Parreno said Tuesday that Robredo's appeal lies in her perceived ability to balance out the strongman rule of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who is poised to win the presidency.

Parreno said that while voters desire the radical change espoused by a Duterte rule, they also seek assurance that it will be tempered by the restraint embodied by Robredo.

The political observer added that Robredo's clear message of honest governance and the role of women in nation-building helped trigger a surge in her candidacy in the campaign's homestretch.

Parreno added that Robredo remains neck and neck with Marcos due to the legacy of the latter's later father and namesake, President Ferdinand Marcos.

He said the Marcoses remain popular due to a "protracted campaign" to distance their family name from the horrors of Martial law.

Parreno said the Marcoses reportedly spent P4 billion to trumpet the achievements of President Marcos, in books, social media and other platforms which mainly target millennials.

With 90.79% percent of clustered precincts counted as of 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Robredo leads the vice presidential race with 13,128,844 votes, according to the poll monitor of the Parish Pastoral Council for Reponsible Voting (PPCRV).

Only 80,980 votes separate Robredo from Marcos who had 13,047,864 votes, as of posting time.

- ABS-CBN News Channel, 10 April 2016

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